Horses and jockeys
raced amid the snow and the rain on Friday, but Fonner Park CEO Hugh Miner, Jr.
says they won't be chancing it on Saturday or Sunday.
Moisture is not the
problem. Fonner's spring season usually
means more than one day of racing in cold, wet conditions, but officials say
few horsemen were entering for the Sunday racing card because the bitter cold
air that's forecasted is hard on horses and riders.
Fonner Park will
still be open for Keno and simulcast racing, but Miner says that's not much
consolation for the people who make their living on the track.
not all lost, but by the same token we've got a big family here now with our
horsemen and our riders and the grooms and everybody associated to racing, and
for them to make their livelihood we have to race," he says.
says Fonner Park would like to make up the two lost days with an extra week of
racing at the end of the season. That
decision, however, falls to the horsemen's association.
They will have to decide if they want the extra week, or if they'd rather have more time off before they move on to other states for their racing seasons.